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Family law encompasses a wide range of legal needs that include, but are not limited to, divorce.

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While divorce makes up a large part of what family lawyers do, it cannot be wholly reduced to divorce alone. That doesn’t tell the entire story. Instead, families are involved in countless types of disputes where important legal rights are at stake. People call family law attorneys when they can no longer resolve a legal issue on their own.

There are a number of reasons why couples enlist the aid of family law attorneys. The McKinney, Texas family law attorneys at the Tidwell Law Firm, PLLC have helped numerous couples in other ways as well. Here, we’ll touch on some of the ways that a family lawyer can help you.


We practice in the following areas of family law:

Reach out to our family lawyers in Prosper, Texas for more information.

Family Law Attorneys Can Help You With Adoption

The family attorneys at the Tidwell Law Firm, PLLC have helped a number of couples adopt. But the process takes time and isn’t by any means simple or easy. An attorney is invaluable at identifying whether there are any problems or roadblocks that could prevent adoption. Then, an attorney can address them so that your adoption can go through smoothly.

Family law attorneys can help couples prepare for the adoption process, file the appropriate paperwork, and prepare for the home study, each of which is vital to a successful adoption.

Family Law Attorneys Can Help You Enforce a Child Support Agreement

In Texas, one parent generally has custodianship of the child. This means that the child or children reside with one parent while the other parent has access and conservatorship of the child. That means that they can see the child (possession) or make important decisions regarding the child (conservatorship).

On the other hand, the non-custodial parent pays child support to the parent who has primary custodianship. If one parent is delinquent or their financial circumstances have changed, a family law attorney can help them change a child support payment or enforce the court order for child support payments.

The state of Texas is very serious about child support payments. It is important that you continue to meet your obligations as best you can until a judge actually modifies the existing order. If you don’t, then your wages could be garnished and the judge could find you in contempt.

The Collin County family law attorneys at the Tidwell Law Firm, PLLC can help you enforce a court order for child support or make changes to an existing arrangement.

Family Law Attorneys Can Help You Make Modifications to an Existing Visitation Schedule

Circumstances change, and when they do, you want to ensure that the court is aware of any revised agreement between you and the other parent. Without the weight of the court behind it, one parent can decide to change the agreement without the other’s consent. This creates a host of problems.

Often, modifications are just as contentious as the initial custody fight, and you want a strong advocate in your corner. Convincing a judge to modify visitation will require that you collect evidence that shows how the circumstances have changed. If you want to block any modification, then you will need proof as well.

You should not go into a modification dispute on your own. Fortunately, a McKinney divorce attorney at the Tidwell Law Firm, PLLC will help parents make changes to their custody schedule.

Family Law Attorneys Can Help You Through Your Divorce

Tidwell Law Firm will help you through your divorce by advocating for your rights and your interests. This can include setting up conservatorship or custodianship and establishing a Standard Possession Order (SPO) that defines the children’s visitation schedule. In addition, we can help negotiate the distribution of property, child support, and alimony.

Couples are free to reach an agreement on these issue by themselves. In practice, however, it is rarely possible to agree to everything. Instead, the couple needs a judge to decide, which means they need a divorce lawyer in McKinney, Texas.

As part of our practice, we are skilled at helping our clients negotiate a favorable divorce. But when negotiations break down and we reach an impasse, we can also go into court and convince a judge to give our clients what they want.

Family Law Attorneys Help with Annulments and Separations

To annul a marriage, the couple must meet formal requirements under Texas law. Annulment is sometimes preferable to divorce, especially if your right to certain benefits are at stake or you have religious objections to divorce.

In addition, there may be some issues that couples hammer out before they are legally divorced. This is known as a legal separation. Separation is complicated, and you shouldn’t simply make verbal agreements that can be misrepresented later on. Instead, most of our clients would benefit from written separation agreements. The family attorneys at the Tidwell Law Firm, PLLC can help you with either of these.

Family Law Attorneys Can Help Establish Paternity

A family law attorney can help establish paternity if you believe that someone is:

  • Saying you’re the father when you don’t believe you are, or
  • The father of your child is claiming that the child isn’t his.

This can be a prelude to receiving child support and working out a custody arrangement.

Family Law Attorneys Can Help You Define Prenuptial Agreements

There are many reasons why one or another individual entering a marriage would prefer a premarital arrangement. For example, an agreement can protect your assets in the event of a divorce. Also, if you already have a family from a prior marriage, you might want to protect assets in the event you die. A properly-drafted prenuptial agreement can help you accomplish these (and other) goals.

Far from being a tool the wealthy used, prenuptial agreement are cropping up more and more, especially with blended families. Before heading down the aisle, you should talk with an attorney to see if you would benefit from a prenup as well. A family lawyer at the Tidwell Law Firm can help you draft the agreement.

Family Law Attorneys Help with Spousal Support

There are a number of reasons why the court may award one spouse alimony after the dissolution of a marriage.

For example, one spouse might need time to get education or additional work experience before he or she can become self-supporting. In other situations, a spouse made serious sacrifices to their career in order to support their spouse.

A divorce attorney in McKinney, Texas can help establish those reasons and advocate for your needs.

Family Law Attorneys Help with Equitable Property Division

Family attorneys will help you sort through your property during and after your divorce. They will advocate for your interests and the interests of your children before the court. This includes any and all post-divorce arrangements.

You should not assume that it is obvious what property is subject to a divorce and which is yours alone. Meet with an experienced divorce attorney to review your individual experiences.

Can We Help You with Your Family Law Needs?

Family law disputes can be some of the most emotional that we see. So much is at stake, and family relations are often strained. The McKinney Texas family law attorneys at the Tidwell Law Firm, PLLC can help you resolve your divorce in a manner that benefits both you and your children. We can also help with the other legal issues discussed above.

Give us a call or contact us online and we can begin helping you determine the best course of action. Your well-being is our primary concern.

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